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Washington's statistics for 2011

Sifting through statistics is about as rewarding as panning for gold in a dry creek bed. Occasionally, though, you'll find a nugget of a stat which, for the moment at least, seems as big as Fort Knox.

Drab: In comparing last year's team with this year's team, as shown in Table 3 below, Washington has improved in 18 of the 26 statistical measurements. However, statistics concerning pass defense and total defense have worsened, with UW ranking 116th and 106th in FBS football, respectively.

Now for the nugget, which was uncovered by sifting through in the game-by-game statistics, much like colliding protons to find quarks.

Nugget: In its 7 wins this season, Washington has held its opponents to 49.6 yards rushing, while in its 6 losses, UW has given up 307.67 rushing yards per game. Ironically, the data from Table 1 suggests that stopping the run has been UW's most critical defensive statistic this season, pass defense notwithstanding.

In keeping with this stat, note that while senior defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu won the L. Wait Rising Defensive Lineman of the Year Award, which was presented at the UW Awards Banquet, he failed to make either the Pac-12's first or second all-conference team, as selected by the Pac-12 coaches.

Conclusion: Our nugget of a stat says that the Huskies will begin to compete with the big boys, as in the top 25, when defensive coordinator Nick Holt begins to think "SEC front four" -- or, say, a Haloti Ngata -- when out on the recruiting trail and settles for nothing less.

An improved front four -- and pass rush-- would help with the Huskies' pass defense, which, of course, deserves serious consideration as well.

Table 1. Defensive stats in wins and losses.

Washington's Defense Rushing yards p/g Passing yards p/g
Seven winning games 49.6 342.7
Six losing games 307.67 200.17
 

School

W/L

Rush

UW Rush

Eastern Washington

W

31 yards

148 yards

Hawaii

W

55

151

Nebraska

 L

309

146

California

W

108

117

Utah

W

17

185

Colorado

W

62

295

Stanford

L

446

172

Arizona

W

36

179

Oregon

L

212

82

USC

L

252

46

Oregon State

L

145

160

Washington State

W

38

143

Baylor

L

482

182

Table 2. NCAA Statistics

NCAA Statistics

Table 3. Statistics over the last three years.

 

2009

2010

2011

1. Ball Control                            

Time of Poss.

30:25 7 29.06 7 29:51 6

3rd-down conversion

46.2% 1 32% 10 45.9% 3

4th-down conversion

60% 3 42% 6 56.2% T-2

First downs

244 6 240 8 274 8

2. Blocking and Tackling

Rushing Offense

139.0 7 172.2 5 154.3 6

Passing Offense

236.5 2 190.4 8 255.5 7

Rushing Defense

148.8 9 190.5 8 168.7 9

Passing Defense

240.7 7 194.4 2 284.6 11

Pass Eff Defense

139.8 9 126.43 5 137.5 7

Pass Eff Offense

130.5 3 121.68 8 157.4 4

Total Offense

375.5 7 362.5 6 409.8 7

Total Defense

389.5 8 384.8 6 453.3 11

Sacks

29 5 28 6 28 7

Sacks Allowed

28 6 24 4 34 11

3. Mistakes

Penalties

49.5 7 56.2 5 59.5 5

Opponent Penalties

54.4 4 63.7 3 55.4 9

Turnover Margin

.33, +4 3 .15 6 .08,+1 5

4. Field Position

Kickoff Returns

18.6 9 20.9 10 23.3 3

Punt Returns

9.5 6 4.9 10 9.2 6

Punting net/punt

36.5 6 36.5 7 40.3 2

Kickoff coverage

38.4 8 39.1 10 41.0 10

5. Scoreboard, Baby

Field Goals

.857 2 .65% 6 .688 T-6

Redzone Offense

85.7% t-3 84% 3 88.5 3

Redzone Defense

82.0% 5 92% 10 90.2 10

Points For

26.1 7 21.8 8 33.4 4

Points Against

26.7 9 29.3 8 36.5 11

Table 4. Keith Price's cumulative passing efficiency.

Team C A Y T I PE C A Y T I PE
EWU 17 25 102 3 0 149.87 17 25 102 3 0 149.87
Hawai'i 18 25 315 4 1 222.64 35 50 417 7 1 182.26
Nebraska 21 37 274 4 2 143.83 56 87 691 11 3 165.91
California 19 25 292 3 0 213.71 75 112 983 14 3 176.58
Utah 22 30 226 3 1 162.95 97 142 1209 17 4 173.70
Colorado 21 28 257 4 0 199.24 118 170 1466 21 4 177.91
Stanford 23 36 247 1 1 125.13 141 206 1713 22 5 168.69
Arizona 16 30 277 1 3 121.89 157 236 1990 23 8 162.74
Oregon 24 35 143 2 2 110.32 181 271 2133 25 10 155.97
USC 12 16 125 0 0 140.62 193 287 2258 25 10 155.11
OSU 5 9 76 1 1 140.93 198 296 2334 26 11 154.68
WSU 21 29 291 3 0 190.84 219 325 2625 29 11 157.91
Baylor 23 37 438 4 0 197.28 242 362 3063 33 11 161.93

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